ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has continued to comment on the actions being taken by the judiciary in what has been an eventful last few months.
“What is happening in the country is nothing short of judicial martial law,” said Mr Sharif while speaking with the media outside an accountability court Monday. “Such rulings are being delivered that no one understands. It is the ‘worst dictatorship’.”
He said he had never seen such “restrictions” on freedom of expression either. He proposed attention be paid to the backlog of cases in the courts rather than the prices of tomatoes and potatoes.
“The ruling in the Panama Papers case is worse than that of Justice Munir case’s,” said Mr Sharif. Imran Khan has also called it a weak ruling, he said.
In 1954, the then chief justice, Muhammad Munir, validated the decision of former governor general Malik Ghulam Muhammad to dissolve the Constituent Assembly by setting aside a Sindh High Court ruling to restore it on an appeal by the president of the constituent assembly, Maulvi Tamizuddin.
“I was removed from the presidency of my party on a ‘weak judgment’,” he said. “The purpose of the verdict to disqualify me for life is to save judges from embarrassment. But, what will they say to history and the future generations?”
Mr Sharif questioned his arch rival Imran Khan. “Why did you vote in favor of the arrow — an election symbol of the PPP. How did Chaudhry Sarwar get votes in the Punjab?”
Mr Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (retd.) Safdar were appearing in the Al Azizia reference filed against his family.
Story first published: 23rd April 2018